Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Angry Pastor and the Girls Club

My daughter’s frantic voice quivered over the phone as she poured out her sad story. She exclaimed, “The Pastor is terribly angry with me and wants to remove me from the Girls Club leadership.” I was thinking as she continued to speak!

Our church sponsored a club for girls, and my daughter was leading a group of pre-teen young ladies. Many of the girls, who were from a near by housing project, also attended our Sunday school.

In previous meetings, it became obvious that there was a need for a careful handling of a certain topic of discussion.

This particular evening the class was also attended by our Pastor’s young daughter who had brought along a friend from school.

Two dozen cartoon-type booklets, tastefully illustrated the growth of a fetus. The age-appropriate, Christian-based booklet showed each stage of fetal development through several months.

The cartoon “baby” was talking about how happy she would be, to soon see her mother. Wait - - something was wrong! The baby began to cry out and plead with her mother to help her. The end of the story; the baby was dead! An abortion had been performed.

That evening, the story was discussed and each girl received a booklet. My daughter also taught on abstinence and suggested that the girls should never get into such a situation to warrant an unwanted pregnancy.

We return back now to my daughter and her phone call to me. I told my daughter not to worry and that everything would be alright, and our conversation ended.

Immediately, my phone rang and it was the Pastor. He told me that he and his wife were coming to our home because they needed to speak to us face to face. I quickly told my husband what was happening and about that time the door bell rang. Pastor’s face was flushed as he entered and he and his wife quickly found a seat in our living room.

We listened respectfully as the story spewed! I could tell that he was very angry! It seems that he was mostly concerned because his daughter had brought a visitor whose father happened to be a doctor!

Finally, it was our turn. I asked Pastor if my daughter had told him where she had obtained the cartoon booklets. He replied, “No I didn’t ask her!” “Well Pastor,” I began, “You need to know that I was the person who gave them to her and the lesson she gave tonight was a timely one.”

At this point my Pastor was confounded, and could only sputter out a reply; stumbling over his words as he spoke! I believe he was saying something about how this would probably all work out. I assured him it would.

The unfortunate outcome of the tirade was that my daughter withdrew from helping out, and there was no one to step up and take her place.

I have often wondered who was really hurt here. We never saw many of those young girls in our church again. The club had been the draw to other church functions.

After all these years, the cartoon booklet is probably out of print, but there is an interesting Video sponsored by; http://www.prolife.com/ that you can view. See it at; http://www.massmediamail.com/durarealidad/

Or check out this book for yourself or someone you know:
Why Pro-Life? Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers (Today's Critical Concerns) (Hardcover) by Randy Alcorn

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you - - -

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